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On-Line Review by Christian Leopold Shea:


BEING JOHN MALKOVICH


© 1999 by Christian Leopold Shea. All rights reserved.



Because of a computer software malfunction, the presentation of this review is delayed.

As Oscar® season approaches, Dr. Shea suggests that Academy members in their respective branches and the Los Angeles Foreign Press Association consider Being John Malkovich in the following categories:


This was, frankly, one movie no one here was terribly enthusiastic about seeing, except to watch co-star John Cusack. Then we saw the film trailers with "Floor 7 1/2," then we saw the film itself. Hoo boy! What was a dead year for films has come alive in the last few months! With the Thanksgiving, Xmas and New Year releases yet to come, look for The Red Violin, American Beauty, and Being John Malkovich to fight it out for the highest awards in all of the major categories, with new competition yet to be released!

One of many highlights in the film: a chase through John Malkovich's subconscious memories -- a hilarious gem of self-mockery and movie madness.



With the rise in theater ticket prices and the growing international audience of our page, our old NW2: Not Worth $2 to W8: Worth $8 rating scale has become less useful than previously, so, in line with the scale used by the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) we have adopted a scale of 1 star to 10 stars, with "1 Star" being a VERY bad movie, and "10 Stars" being a movie classic. Our On-Line Reviewer, however, has gone where IMDb has never gone before: he has added a score of Zero for those movies which are so bad that they are not even good "camp" -- movies so bad that not even "Mystery Science Theater 3000" could could make them worth watching.


On this scale, anything rated "7 Stars" or above is worth the cost of a theater ticket, "8 Stars" is worth standing in line to buy a ticket, "9 Stars" is worth standing in line in a driving rain rainstorm of killer heatwave to buy a ticket, and "10 Stars" is a movie worth driving hundreds of miles to go see -- at least in Dr. Shea's own opinion. Accordingly,


Being John Malkovich is a 9 Star movie.

Go see it!





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